It's not often you hear a Chicago accent in Seattle but Caren Shepsky is the real deal. And as a recent graduate of Hot Dog University, she is serious about her dogs. Caren's Chicago Grill is the little green house at Houghton Beach Park (used to be Agua Verde, 5811 Lake Wa Blvd) where she opened in mid-April. She's working lots of hours to bring you the real Vienna beef dogs (made from bull meat) and neon green relish that mid-westerners can't live without.
I really like this lady- she's enthusiastic about being here and even after being a real estate broker and retiring, she confessed, "I always wanted to open a hot dog stand!" So here she is- and the least you can do is go visit her and order up a few dogs for the fam. You can get a Chicago Dog, a Cheesy Dog, Seattle Dog, Matty Dog or even polish sausage or a vegan dog. Caren also has paninis, sandwiches, nachos, fries, snacks, beverages and frozen treats (do I feel tingling down my left arm?). With the kids play area behind her, she of course also has a children's menu (nuggets/grilled cheese/dogs/pizza) and sells buckets, bubbles, SPF too. Most everything on the entire menu is $4-8. Hours are generally 11-7:30 "everyday it's sunny." Tell Caren I said hi. Love that accent. Welcome to Kirkland. ~j